Unacceptable Items

The following items are not accepted for recycling in our program:
  • Plastic bags (they can be returned to grocery or department stores)
  • Expanded foam or #6 plastic polystyrene including Styrofoam, plastic egg cartons and clear plastic deli / bakery-type containers
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, and other hazardous chemical containers
  • Plastic film (no plastic bags, sleeves, sheets, tarps or wrap)
  • Six-pack plastic rings and other plastic beverage holder rings
  • Plastic containers that are not labeled with a #1-5 or #7 recycling symbol (see bottom of container)
  • Paper containers for liquids including "gable top" cartons usually containing juice, milk or wine
  • Soiled paper towels or napkins
  • Window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, dinnerware or ceramics (tempered glass is not recyclable in our program)
  • Plastic children's toys

For More Information


For more information about acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling, contact the Waste Removal Division at (309) 454-9715.